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In the summer of 2005 I went on a community service trip to St Louis Missouri I had gone on a similar trip the summer before to Chicago and I would be going to one the summer after to New York City I enjoyed all three very much but for very different reasons St Louis was enjoyable because it changed my outlook on life The other trips were very tourism-orientated especially New York We would work for a little bit in the community then go sightseeing and enjoy the city St Louis was different in the aspect that there really wasnt much to see The city is terribly run-down with a top-three crime rate in the nation and an unemployment rate that is annually battling for the top spot We would drive by houses and I would wonder Do people really live there Then I would see someone walk out the front door of the boarded-up shack that they call home I got a little closer look at St Louis problems during my daily work The first day I worked at a clothing and food bank that was dirty and understaffed Homeless people were lined up out the door doing drugs on the steps or urinating in the street The situation in St Louis at this point looked pitiful but not until later on in the week did it look truly hopeless The third day I worked at a summer kids program Kids would come for the day and hang out at a gymnasiumpoolactivities room to pass the time When I first walked in I saw a place just like any other YMCA I had ever been to for summer camp or recreation center I visited to shoot hoops But not until I stayed for a while did I really see what was going on The kids were out of control When they lost a game they swore and ran off If
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